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The American experience comes alive through writing, outstanding photography & artwork. American History is the leading popular magazine that explores the rich texture of the American experience through engaging writing and outstanding photography and artwork. The magazine’s lively storytelling, thought-provoking essays and more bring America’s past alive in every issue.

American History


Thaddeus Stevens

Peter Carlson | Published: February 19, 2013 at 3:31 pm
Meet the real Thaddeus Stevens, the man who inspired Tommy Lee Jones' impassioned performance in Spielberg's Lincoln.

The Men Who Built America - A Preview

Gerald D. Swick | Published: October 09, 2012 at 12:42 pm
A new HISTORY miniseries, 'The Men Who Built America,' examines the lives and times of Cornelius Vanderbilt, John D. Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford and others.

Letter From American History - December 2012

Published: September 21, 2012 at 11:49 am
E Pluribus Unum Could the United States have found a way to coexist with American Indians? In retrospect, the way of life Indians knew for centuries appears to have been doomed from the moment European settlers began colonizing the New …

Tribe Apart

David Grogan | Published: September 20, 2012 at 2:07 pm
Wounded modern-day warriors find solace and strength at the historic Battle of the Bulge site

American History Interviews Psychologist Jonathan Haidt

Stephen L. Petranek | Published: August 01, 2012 at 11:40 am
Jonathan Haidt explains the psychology behind our polarized politics

When Everybody Loved Congress

Robert M. Poole | Published: August 01, 2012 at 11:39 am
Harry Truman took on wasteful contractors during World War II and improved Congress' public image.

Abraham Lincoln's Refuge

Harold Holzer | Published: June 28, 2012 at 10:40 am
In the summer of 1862, Abraham Lincoln drafted the Emancipation Proclamation at a roomy cottage on the grounds of the Soldiers Home outside Washington, D.C.

Brigham Young's 19th Wife

Claudia Glenn Dowling | Published: June 01, 2012 at 11:55 am
Mormon polygamy grabbed the national spotlight in 1875 when Prophet Brigham Young's 19th wife, Ann Eliza, divorced him, wrote an expose about plural marriage and set out on a lecture tour.

American History Interviews Civil Engineer Henry Petroski

Michael Dolan | Published: May 29, 2012 at 1:04 pm
Henry Petroski talks about design, the history of American engineering and why Washington's Tacoma Narrows Bridge was known as "Galloping Gertie."

George Washington's Magnificent Obsession

Stephen Harrigan | Published: March 29, 2012 at 5:46 pm
George Washington worried over every detail of his greatest gift to the nation - Mount Vernon.

Phil Collins Remembers the Alamo

Stephen Harrigan | Published: March 29, 2012 at 5:13 pm
Rocker Phil Collins has spent decades collecting artifacts from his childhood obsession - the Alamo.

The Last Days of David Crockett

Stephen Harrigan | Published: March 29, 2012 at 10:49 am
What really happened to Davy Crockett after the Alamo fell?

What Do We Owe Our Vets?

H.W. Brands | Published: March 28, 2012 at 2:04 pm
American soldiers returning from war don't always get the treatment they deserve.

A Killer's Metamorphosis

Stephen Harrigan | Published: March 28, 2012 at 1:58 pm
Frank James, Jesse James' older brother, renounced the outlaw life after Jesse's death and slipped quietly into old age.

Letter From American History - June 2012

Editor | Published: March 28, 2012 at 1:58 pm
Tall Tree Tale When Harold Holzer made his first pilgrimage years ago to the cottage on the outskirts of Washington, D.C., that was President Abraham Lincoln's favorite retreat, one living relic seemed to capture the site's original spirit: a gigantic …

Power Play

Ray Raphael | Published: January 27, 2012 at 4:00 pm
At the Constitutional Convention, Gouvernuer Morris made sure the office of the president would be independent from Congress.
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